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Football: Pakistan confident of hosting Asian football

Pakistan's football chief Friday said he was confident about hosting qualifying matches for the AFC's under-16 championship despite a bomb attack that killed eight young football fans in Karachi last week. Pakistan has been a "no go" area for foreign teams since the 9/11 attacks on the United States in 2001 and the ensuing war on terror which sparked security fears in the South Asian country. Terrorists attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore four years ago washed away all hopes of Pakistan staging any cricketing or international sporting event.

Celebratory gunfire kills one, wounds 32 in Pakistan

At least one person was killed and more than 30 wounded in Karachi on Wednesday as hundreds of people fired guns in the air to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day. An AFP reporter in the city witnessed heavy aerial firing after clocks struck midnight, as thousands of revellers came out onto the streets to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the creation of Pakistan. At least 33 people were brought to Jinnah Hospital in Karachi after being wounded by stray bullets, a hospital official said.

At least 9 children die in attack after soccer match in Pakistan

Islamabad, Aug 7 (EFE).- At least nine children died in the wee hours of Wednesday when a bomb exploded at the exit gate of a soccer game in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, a police official told Efe. The attack, which wounded about 20 people, came in the residential neighborhood of Lyari when a motorcycle bomb was detonated by remote control as the spectators were leaving the stadium, police official Salim Marwat said.

Bomb kills budding Pakistan football talent

Football mad Abdul Basit, 15, dreamt of becoming Pakistan's Lionel Messi but his ambitions died in a bomb attack that killed him and up to seven others at a four-a-side match in Karachi. It was the latest assault on sport in a country that has hosted no top-level international matches since militants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in the eastern city of Lahore in March 2009. Thousands of fans gathered to watch the final of one of many tournaments held during the fasting month of Ramadan in Lyari, the most dangerous neighbourhood of Pakistan's biggest city.

Bomb kills teens playing street football in Pakistan's Karachi

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb killed 11 people in a poor district of Pakistan's financial hub of Karachi on Wednesday, mostly teenagers playing street football at a crowded market, officials said. The sweltering port of 18 million people is largely inured to violence - around a dozen bodies are found around the city every day - but the killing of so many youngsters shocked many residents.

Seven killed in bomb blast in Pakistan's Karachi

A bomb blast in Pakistan's port city of Karachi early Wednesday killed seven people and wounded 26 others, police said. The blast took place in the impoverished Lyari neighbourhood of the city after a football match. "The bomb was planted on a motorbike that was parked outside the stadium, killing seven people, many of them teenage boys," police official Tariq Dharejo told AFP. ak-jaf/jw

Seven killed in bomb blast in Pakistan's Karachi

A bomb blast in Pakistan's port city of Karachi early Wednesday killed seven people and wounded 26 others, police said. The blast took place in the impoverished Lyari neighbourhood of the city after a football match. "The bomb was planted on a motorbike that was parked outside the stadium, killing seven people, many of them teenage boys," police official Tariq Dharejo told AFP. Dharejo said the bomb was a remote-controlled device. Local lawmaker Sania Naz from the Pakistan People's Party also confirmed the blast and put the death toll at 11.

Blast on Pakistan train wounds 14

A bomb exploded on board a passenger train in central Pakistan on Monday, wounding 14 people, officials said, in what the railways minister called "an act of terrorism". The device on the Shalimar Express from the eastern city of Lahore to Karachi went off as it passed through fields near the town of Toba Tek Singh in Punjab province. "It was an act of terrorism. The explosive was planted in the washroom of a bogie (wagon)," railways minister Saad Rafique told reporters in Lahore. "Fourteen people have been injured, condition of three of them is critical."

Gunmen kill four policemen in Pakistan's Karachi

Gunmen shot dead four policemen on a patrol in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi Saturday, police said. The policemen were killed at a bridge linking Shah Faisal colony to the low-income Korangi neighbourhood of Karachi. "At least four policemen were shot dead by unknown gunmen," police spokesman Imran Shaukat told AFP. Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the killings and the motive behind them was unclear, he said, adding that police were investigating.

Gunmen kill 7 coastguards in Pakistan

Gunmen attacked a coastguard checkpost in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing seven officials and wounding seven others, officials said. The incident happened in the Suntsar area of Gwadar district, 1,420 kilometres (882 miles) southwest of Quetta, the capital of the oil and gas rich Baluchistan province that borders Iran and Afghanistan. "Around 24 gunmen armed with rockets and heavy weapons, attacked the checkpost and killed seven coastguard officials," provincial home secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani told AFP.
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